Yarmouth’s Episcopal Churches


“The early settlers of Yarmouth Township were mostly descendants of the Puritans and ‘Pilgrim Fathers’ of the Massachusetts Colony; and, amid the new homes they were establishing, a house for religious worship was essential to their peace of mind. So, in 1766, only five years after the first arrivals, we find them building their first church at Chebogue, and, in 1784, their second one in Yarmouth, upon a lot of land adjoining the homestead of the Rev. Nehemiah Porter, the Congregational minister of 1767.

“Not until 1807, when the first Episcopal church was begun on ‘Butler’s Hill’, were the people of any other denomination numerous or strong enough to undertake building a church for themselves.” [1, p. 84]

This album concerns the Episcopal church on Butler’s Hill and its successor, which is still being used, and so the album has two parts:

            Holy Trinity Church on Butler’s Hill (7 images), and

            Holy Trinity Church on William Street (11 images).

References and Notes

   [1] George S. Brown, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia: A Sequel to Campbell’s History. Rand Avery Company, Boston, 1888. 524 pp. The book mentioned in the title is A History of the County of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, by the Rev. J. R. Campbell, 1876. Rev. Campbell, who had once studied architecture in England, was the architect for Holy Trinity Church on William Street.

    [2] J. Murray Lawson, Yarmouth Past and Present: A Book of Reminiscences. Yarmouth Herald, Yarmouth NS, 1902. 681 pp.

    [3] Heritage information is available about Holy Trinity’s church, Sunday school rooms, and rectory.

    [4] I thank Wilfred Allan, for permitting me to display two digital images of his postcards, and Jamie Serran, Archivist at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, for providing access to ten images.

William Day (1 January 2013)